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Recommended Courses

BASICS NW practitioners are highly skilled clinicians, each within their own respective professional fields, they attend many pre-hospital specific training courses to enable them to safely deliver high quality care at the roadside, or in the home. Listed below are courses that the charity recommend our practitioners attend, as well as some other carefully selected courses which may be of interest to others concerned in the care delivered to patients.

Pre-Hospital Care Course (PHEC)

A three day course on all aspects of emergency care in the pre-hospital setting including medical, obstetric and paediatrics as well as trauma emergencies and incident management..

Participants who successfully complete the course are awarded the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care Certificate by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

Course cost:

£790.00 for BASICS Member

£860.00 for Non-Member

Advanced Pre-hospital Care Course

This two day course for previous participants on the Pre-Hospital Emergency Care course develops and enhances the necessary skills to deal with medical and other emergencies encountered in all fields of pre-hospital care.

It is highly recommended prior to undertaking the Diploma in Immediate Medical Care examination.


Course cost:

£525.00 for BASICS Member

£550.00 for Non-Member

Five-day Immediate Care Course

The five day course continues to be very popular with many of the participants going on to successfully complete the Diploma Examination at the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.

The course covers all aspects of immediate care with the emphasis on practical skills as well as formal lectures and training scenarios. The first three days comprise the PhEC course and for RCSEd succesful candidates certification is awarded by the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.


Course Cost:

£1150 for BASICS Members

£1245 for non-members


Over the 3 days the course is designed to teach the clinical techniques and management skills required in the pre-hospital and initial in-hospital phase; from trauma to other pre-hospital incidents and life-threatening events.

Topics covered throughout the course include:-


  • Primary Survey
  • Kinematics of Trauma
  • Airway Trauma
  • Cardio-Thoracic Trauma
  • Shock & Circulation Preservation (including fluid resuscitation, permissive hypotension &massive transfusion protocol)
  • Abdominal Trauma
  • Pelvic Trauma
  • Neuro Trauma
  • Spinal Trauma
  • Extremity Trauma
  • Burns & Thermal Injury
  • Bombs, Blasts & Ballistics
  • Drowning
  • Crush Injury & Suspension Trauma
  • Paediatric & Obstetric Trauma
  • Special Circumstances in Trauma
  • Damage Control Surgery
  • Emergency/Pre-Hospital Surgery
  • Management of Trauma Patients on ITU/Critical Care
  • Transfer of the Critically Ill Patient
  • Trauma Radiology
  • Pre-Hospital Care of the Trauma Patient
  • Mass casualty management/major civilian disasters
  • Casualty triage

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Pre-Hospital Emergency Medicine Crew Course

GNAAS worked with London's Air Ambulance to develop a course that provided clinicians with both the clinical and non-clinical skills that were required as HEMS clinicians. This course became known as the HEMS Crew Course and was delivered annually.

The course is aimed at both Paramedics looking to expand their current skill set (including the ability to function as HEMS crew) and also at Doctors who are beginning their careers in prehospital care (recommended ST3/4+ in Anaesthesia or Emergency Medicine). NOTE: Due to the high level of medical care required as part of the course, we recommend candidates have at least some experience of delivering prehospital anaesthesia (or to have completed the GNAAS prehospital anaesthesia course prior to attending PHEMCC.

Pre-hospital anaesthetic course

This two day course aims to cover the knowledge, skills, and human factors required for pre-hospital care practitioners to perform emergency anaesthesia safely in the pre-hospital environment.

Any doctor, paramedic, or nurse who currently performs or assists with pre-hospital rapid sequence induction (RSI) or wishes to train in this area. The current national guidelines suggest that a minimum level of experience for doctors wishing to train in pre-hospital anaesthesia is equivalent to that of the acute care common stem programme (six months’ emergency medicine, six months’ medicine, and 12 months’ anaesthesia and critical care). The course directors advise medical candidates that they need to be at least specialty training year 3 or above to have the necessary clinical experience for decision making. The course covers indications for pre-hospital anaesthesia and decision making, practicalities of RSI, checklists, post-intubation management, equipment and minimum monitoring standards, drugs and sedation, and what to do when it all goes wrong! It also highlights the clinical governance issues required to safeguard individuals and organisations that provide pre-hospital anaesthesia.

MIMMS - Major Incident Medical Management and Support Course

This certified three-day course is delivered by experienced pre-hospital emergency care practitioners and teaches a systematic approach to the medical management of major incidents in accordance with ALSG guidance.

Training involves short lectures, table-top exercises, skill stations and concludes with practical exercises without casualties while working in groups at an incident location. Candidates are issued with a comprehensive course manual up to four weeks prior to the course and are required to complete an on-line MCQ assessment before attending the course.

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The Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support Course is accredited by the Royal College of Surgeons (England).

The course lasts 2 days – however we offer a third day where all the training and education over the 2 days is put into practice with live scenarios. The certificate is valid for 4 years. For non-medics we offer a pre-study day prior to the initial course.

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Intercollegiate Basic Surgical Skills Course

This 2 day course is designed to provide an introduction to safe surgical practice within a controlled workshop environment.

It covers:

  • * Open Surgery
  • * Wound Management
  • * Electro-Surgery
  • * Endoscopic Surgery

Features include:

  • * Intensive hands-on practice of basic skills
  • * Individual tuition, with a maximum of 16 participants per course
  • * Personal feedback on performance, with advice for further practice
  • * A detailed course manual and course DVD
  • * Free car parking

Diploma in Immediate Medical Care

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Pre-Hospital Emergency Ultrasound Course

The Prometheus Pre-hospital Emergency Ultrasound Course has been designed, and is taught, by medical professionals who have significant experience in emergency ultrasound use in challenging hospital and pre-hospital environments – ranging from air ambulance operations to military medicine and expeditionary medical support overseas.

This course is aimed at the pre-hospital emergency medical professional and provides theoretical and practical training in pre-hospital ultrasound scanning, highlighting its advantages and limitations. The course uses simulation training and clinical scenarios to provide realistic, hands-on training using the latest ultrasound equipment.

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